My name is Paul Desaulniers and I am the founder of Smooth Bites. I am 27 and have Muscular Dystrophy. I have trouble swallowing, also known as dysphagia. My story begins years ago. In the beginning I required all of my meat be cooked very tender, using the leanest cuts available. This worked for a while, but then I found myself coughing the odd time with the feeling of something stuck in my throat. Eventually I had a hard time swallowing liquids. In March 2014 I ended up in hospital with aspiration pneumonia. After a 6-week stay I was now on a pureed diet with thickened liquids. The change seemed daunting. I found there to be minimal consumer-friendly resources readily available. At first there were some challenges, but as time went on I continued to learn. I decided that food, despite being in a different form now, could still be flavourful, if not more! I created Smooth Bites to be the resource that I would want if I was starting this journey again. Read about Smooth Bites’ Mission here.